4-H Science Bonanza

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In-Person

UNH Manchester
88 Commercial Street
Manchester, NH 03101
United States


Sick of watching Saturday morning cartoons?  Want to skip out on weekend errands and chores? Spend some time with your family learning insect anatomy, identifying twigs in winter, and having STEM-powered fun instead! The UNH STEM Discovery Lab hosts its fifth annual 4-H Science Bonanza on Saturday, December 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Though the event is geared primarily toward youth ages 4- 10, adults and older kids are welcome to join the festivities. 

Along with workshops, there will be demonstrations from a variety of organizations from the area and a raffle at the end of the day.  Our youngest participants, 4-7 year olds will have their very own experience at the Bonanza.  So mark your calendars and plan on taking a break from the December holiday rush for some STEM-powered family fun. 

Registration Deadline: December 2nd, 2022

Register through 4Honline (instructions found below)

Cost : $15 per youth with max $30 for families (scholarships available). The registration fee includes materials for the day and a box lunch for the participant. For financial assistance or if you are registering three or more children, please contact Sarah Grosvenor for a special discount code. 

Ages 4-7: Cloverbuds can join in on the Science Bonanza fun! Experience a variety of hands-on exploration stations like BOOK-IT (Inventors & Thinkers), Electricity, or Nutrition.

To register a youth over age 11 please contact Sarah Grosvenor.

Adults can register to attend one of these learning sessions: Taking Root: Nature and Mindfulness, Digital Wellness for Families and Help Your Child Discover Their Spark. There is no charge to attend but registration is requested to have enough materials available. Lunch is not included but you can order a box lunch for $8 within the registration.

 

2022 Workshops for Ages 8-10 include:  

Session 1 

  • Exploring an Alien World: Our Oceans - Ever want to explore an alien world where no human has stepped foot? Then come learn about how recent technological advances have opened up the deep ocean to anyone with an internet connection! We will use a series of activities to demonstrate some of the engineering challenges and look at video of the alien environments found in the ocean depths.

  • Rubbish in our Rivers: How microplastics make it to our seas - We will learn what happens to trash as it is transported by water to the ocean. Students will experience how scientists measure plastic particles in the environment from sampling to identification, how these particles affect organisms, and ways we can prevent plastic pollution.

  • Should we eat bugs? - What's tasty, abundant, and high in protein? Bugs! Eating bugs (and arachnids) is called entomophagy and it’s practiced by two billion people around the globe. Have you ever wondered what an insect might taste like? Join us today to try first hand and join the billions of others who consume insects as part of their everyday diet. We’ll learn about why eating insects makes sense.

  • My Digital Life - Do you love playing video games? Are you always on time for the launch of your favorite YouTuber's videos? Join us as we explore why we are so drawn to our technology, ways to manage when and how we use our devices, and how to stay safe on our online adventures. 

  • Hands on Hydroponics - Growing plants without soil requires skill and know-how. We will investigate the requirements for growing plants without soil and work with some simple systems for home hydroponics.

Session 2

  • Feeling Electric - Hands on demonstrations where participants will see, and feel electricity in action! Participants will learn the meaning of voltage and current by lighting a household light bulb in their hand. Demonstrations will be used to highlight various safety measures when working around electricity.

  • Spherobotics! - Sphero Robots are out of the box fun! Jump right in with a tele-op driving challenge before trying your hand at coding.

  • Hands on Hydroponics - Growing plants without soil requires skill and know-how. We will investigate the requirements for growing plants without soil and work with some simple systems for home hydroponics

  • Taking Root: Nature and Mindfulness - Nature Based Education and Mindfulness session! In this session students will gain tools to build resilience in the areas of self-confidence, body awareness, self-regulation, self-control, regulate nervous system & reduce stress and anxiety. Sessions will include breathing exercises, guided meditations, yoga, and nature activities! 

  • Invention in a Bag - Have you ever wondered how an invention comes to life? There is an inventor of all of us. Come tinker with the Young Inventors' Program (YIP) as we look at a variety of objects, familiar and unfamiliar, and repurpose them as we find new uses for these common items and get creative to invent solutions to all sorts of problems.

Session 3

  • Insect Anatomy - Did you know that insects belong to the Animal Kingdom? That means they share some key chatacteristics with humans. Come and discover the insect anatomy and see just how much we are related.

  • Set Sail with Robot-Powered Ships! - At any given moment in time, there are tens of thousands of ships crossing the world’s waterways to deliver goods all around the world (check out marinetraffic.com to see for yourself). Successful delivery of many of your favorite products requires attention to detail at all stages, beginning with the design of the ship, all the way to the safe navigation of the world’s busy waterways. In this workshop, you will be designing and building your own robot-powered “ship” using everyday materials and Spheros, then driving your ship through a waterway channel to successfully deliver products on the other side! Have fun while experiencing the engineering design process at work!

  • Feeling Electric - Hands on demonstrations where participants will see, and feel electricity in action! Participants will learn the meaning of voltage and current by lighting a household light bulb in their hand. Demonstrations will be used to highlight various safety measures when working around electricity.

  • Exploring an Alien World: Our Oceans - Ever want to explore an alien world where no human has stepped foot? Then come learn about how recent technological advances have opened up the deep ocean to anyone with an internet connection! We will use a series of activities to demonstrate some of the engineering challenges and look at video of the alien environments found in the ocean depths.

  • Rubbish in our Rivers: How microplastics make it to our seas - We will learn what happens to trash as it is transported by water to the ocean. Students will experience how scientists measure plastic particles in the environment from sampling to identification, how these particles affect organisms, and ways we can prevent plastic pollution.



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Contact
  • For general information about the event contact Sarah Grosvenor, 4-H STEM Field Specialist

    For questions about registering contact Carrie Finke, 4-H Administrative Assistant